Musa acuminata 'Zebrina'

COMMON NAME

Blood banana

TYPE

Ginger/Heliconia

FAMILY

Musaceae

NOTES

A variety of the wild banana Musa acuminata, named for the dark red patches on its leaves, though its small-seeded fruits are also edible. It grows 6' to 8' tall in the wild.  They are notable for being one of the earliest banana subspecies to be spread by humans out of Southeast Asia. Introduced eastward to Africa, it became the ancestors for the genetically distinct and commercially important East African Highland bananas (MutiIt is probably the only seeded banana to ever be introduced into Hawaii before European contact. It is known as the Mai'a 'Oa in Hawaiian, though the name is also applied to the species Musa balbisiana which was introduced later on.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Sumatra, Indonesia

NATIVE HABITAT

Shaded and moist ravines, marshlands, semi-marshlands and slopes at elevations

WEB SOURCES

missouribotanicalgarden.org

wikipedia.org



Musa acuminata 'Zebrina'